Tayside and Central Scotland

Intruder attacks sleeping woman

A sleeping woman was woken by an intruder who threatened her with violence before sexually assaulting her.

Tayside Police said the incident happened in the Bridgend area of Perth, at about midnight on Monday.

The attack on the 23-year-old victim followed a robbery nearby on the previous night, when a 68-year-old woman was also attacked in her home.

The force is carrying out a major investigation into the two incidents.

The man responsible for Monday's attack was said to have been wearing a navy coloured scarf, a dark coloured beanie hat, a grey jumper, and khaki green waterproof trousers with a black belt.

He was also wearing khaki green boots and spoke with an English accent.

Officers are currently carrying out inquiries in the area and a thorough forensic examination of the house where the incident took place is also underway.

Acting Det Insp Marc Lorente said: "This has been a particularly distressing incident for the woman involved.

"We have a number of officers dedicated to this enquiry and I would urge anyone who might be able to identify the man responsible or anyone who saw someone matching that description in the area, to get in touch with us.

"This attack follows on from a robbery nearby the previous night where a woman was attacked within her own home.

"I would urge any residents who have been aware of any males acting suspiciously around the area or have been victims of crimes in the area recently and who have not come forward to do so.

"As well as a significant enquiry team working on this case dedicated additional uniformed officers are also patrolling in the area."

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